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Letter 3609

Darwin, C. R. to Murray, John (b)

18 [June 1862]

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    Superb, but exaggerated, review [of Orchids, by M. J. Berkeley] in London Review [& wkly J. Polit. 4 (1862): 553–4]. Asa Gray thinks almost as highly. "I have not been a fool, as I thought I was, to publish." The Athenæum review will hinder sales greatly.

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My dear Sir

I wish much for an answer about the Woodcuts. I am very sorry to be so troublesome.— Ask one of your clerks to answer me.—

Yours very sincerely | in great Haste | C. Darwin

There is a superb, but I fear exaggerated, Review in ``London Review''. But I have not been a fool, as I thought I was, to publish; for Asa Gray, about the most competent judge in world, thinks almost as highly of book as does London Review.—

The Athenæum will hinder sale greatly.—

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    f1 3609.f1
    Dated by the relationship to the letter to John Murray, 13 June [1862], and to the letter to Asa Gray, 10--20 June [1862] (see n. 2, below).
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    f2 3609.f2
    CD had asked Murray whether he could provide three plates from Orchids for a review proposed by Asa Gray (see letter to John Murray, 13 June [1862], and letter to Asa Gray, 10--20 June [1862]).
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    Miles Joseph Berkeley wrote an anonymous review of Orchids for the London Review and Weekly Journal of Politics, Arts and Science ([Berkeley] 1862). CD wrote `Rev J. M. Berkeley' on a copy of the review now in the Scrapbook of reviews (DAR 226.1: 87).
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    See letter from Asa Gray, 18 May 1862, and letter to Asa Gray, 10--20 June [1862].
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    f5 3609.f5
    CD refers to the critical review of Orchids by John R. Leifchild in the Athenæum, 24 May 1862, p. 691.
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